NASA Discovers World Orbiting Unique Young Star; Watch
Washington: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has reportedly found a young Neptune-size world orbiting AU Microscopii, a cool, nearby M-type dwarf star surrounded by a vast disk of debris.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and retired Spitzer Space Telescope have recovered the planet which known as AU Mic for short.
The AU Mic is a young, nearby M dwarf star, and is surrounded by a vast debris disk in which moving clumps of dust have been tracked.
AU Mic is a cool red dwarf star with an age estimated at 20 million to 30 million years, making it a stellar infant compared to our Sun, which is at least 150 times older.
The system is located 31.9 light-years away in the southern constellation Microscopium. It is a part of a nearby collection of stars called the Beta Pictoris Moving Group, which takes its name from a bigger, hotter A-type star that harbors two planets and is likewise surrounded by a debris disk.
A young, Neptune-size planet has been found orbiting nearby star AU Microscopii, 31.9 light-years away from Earth. Scientists made the discovery using data from our @NASAExoplanets TESS mission and @NASASpitzer telescope: https://t.co/3JNjlmPRdE pic.twitter.com/5HHYMGv0K9
— NASA (@NASA) June 24, 2020
With inputs from nasa.gov